Policy Makers Meeting on Publishing in Ukraine

May 15, 2013, Kyiv
The Parliamentary Hearings that took place on May 15, 2013, in Kyiv were largely based on the data and the analyses presented in the Book Platform report on Publishing and Bookselling in Ukraine. Under the title The Problems of Ukrainian Book Publishing, Bookselling As Well As Perspectives for Support of Book Reading in Ukraine, the hearings were organized by the Committee for Culture and Spirituality of the Ukrainian Parliament and were held in the session hall of the Parliament (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine). The speakers included heads of committees of Parliament, MPs, representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and promoters. With the Book Platform project's support, the hearings were also attended by Jens Bammel, secretary general of the International Publishers Association (IPA), the Geneva-based organisation that represents publishers world-wide. It should be noted that for almost 22 years of Ukrainian independence, international expert of such level as Mr. Bammel attended the national event involving parliament and government representatives for the first time. And for the first time they heard from foreign but not from domestic expert that Ukrainian situation with book and publishing market is unsatisfactory (in comparison with other countries in both Western and Eastern Europe) and should be changed as soon as possible. Bammel's visit and speech were very important and were highly assessed by all participants as it gave more valuable status and meaning to the Hearings. Also Mr. Bammel participated in few meetings with UPBA board members and with the First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee Anatoly Murakhovskiy and director for publishing and press Alexey Kononenko. Shortly after the Parliamentary Hearings, the president of Ukraine signed Decree No.336/20132 on taking measures for government support of book publishing and the promotion of reading in Ukraine.


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